CNN observed an “unnerving” sight in London yesterday and took to the air to warn viewers about it.
International assignment editor Lucy Pawle called in to report her concerns after spotting a crude attempt to mimic an “ISIS” flag at a gay pride parade. No one else seemed to have noticed the flag, she said — this was a CNN exclusive. Pawle said she took her findings to the organiser of the parade, who claimed to know nothing about it. She also consulted police nearby, who also seemed alarmingly unconcerned.
So, naturally, CNN summoned Pawle and their national security analyst to discuss the ramifications:
The headline of the story is still available at CNN’s web site. The video itself, however, has disappeared.
(As journalists who have occasionally gotten things wrong over the years, our sympathies to Ms. Pawle…).